After flying to Singapore for our asian cruise last December 2011, our ship sailed to Malaysia. The port of call was in Penang.
We rode a tourist bus and it took us to several destinations – mostly buddhist temples and other tourist attractions. We also tried their cycle rickshaw (trishaw). Look at how excited my mom was! Priceless!!! 💜
We went to Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram, a Thai Buddhist temple in George Town, home of the 3rd largest reclining Buddha – 33 meters long. (approx 108 ft)…
We also went to the Dhamikarama Burmese Temple, then walked towards another bigger temple…
We also went to a museum and a chocolate boutique…
Aside from the Buddha beads and chocolates, here were my tour favorites:
The Fortune/ Misfortune Telling Machine – At the Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram, it’s just impossible for you not to spot the fortune telling machine – or some may call it misfortune telling machine. Ha! You’ll know why, later.
So, you insert a coin and press a button to make the “wheel of fortune” spin, then it stops to give you a number. Beside the machine, you’ll see a shelf with “fortune” sheets with numbers written on them. It wasn’t too hard to figure out that you need to pick out the piece of paper with your corresponding number.
I tried spinning twice… ✌🏻
The yellow sheet was my fortune and the green was my misfortune. 😂 LOLx
The Poy Sian Inhaler – I bought a ton of this. Like a dozen? Hahaha I super love that it’s a 2-in-1 stick – an inhaler and an aroma oil in one! Love it!! Super!
When my friends or relatives go to Malaysia or Thailand, I always ask them for a favor to get me a few sticks of these babies. To date, I still have a few left. (Thank God!👏🏻)
To conclude, I’d visit Penang again if given a chance. But it wouldn’t be on my list of priorities.
What I liked?
- The tour was very educational- Malaysia’s culture, etc
- The locals were just like Filipinos, they were very friendly and accommodating
- The temples were well kept and maintained (I wonder how they clean the reclining Buddha hmmm)
What I didn’t like?
- Well, I’m not a big fan of walking, so I was kinda disappointed that we did hours of walking, from one temple to the other